May 04, 2003

Nikkei Matsuri and the Cave Bed

Today was Nikkei Matsuri, Japantown's Japanese American Cultural Festival. We decided to walk, since it's only about 3 blocks and people were parking further than our house. We took Scout, our illegal beagle (no dogs allowed, but we didn't know that until we got there) and she thoroughly enjoyed sniffing everything and was greatly admired by a number of people. She also got a new water bowl from one of the craft booths.

Of course the best thing about any cultural festival is...the food! We had Yakisoba served up by Wesley UMC (our church) and Gyoza from the booth next door. Mmmmmm.

Kevin went to Berkeley yesterday and got Scout a new bed at George, an upscale dog boutique in, well, Berkeley. We call the bed "the cave bed" because it's basically a fleece lined cave--very soft and snuggly. We thought this would be perfect for a dog who loves to sleep under the covers of our bed. Scout was a little unsure of the cave bed at first. She crawled right in, then came out and refused to go in, and then at one point barked at it, but by nightfall she seemed to have made her peace with it and spent most of the night in there. Maybe she'll stop taking up so much room in our bed now!

Scout in the cave bed

Another picture of Scout in the cave bed

Posted by Shelby at May 4, 2003 09:54 PM

Scout looks adorable in the cave bed!

Posted by: Jackie at May 5, 2003 05:44 PM

The University of Michigan also has an annual Japanese cultural festival ( The food was pretty good for being produced for the masses. :) The okonomiyaki (sp?) I had in class a few weeks ago was better, though. I usually don't like dishes that are primarily egg, but it worked for me.

The JCF was cramped and noisy but had a number of interesting exhibits. I made a wilted origami flower - "wilted" because it isn't quite healthy-looking. :) The kendo (fencing) and shishi-mai (lion dance) were also quite enjoyable. Tanoshikatta desu ne!

Posted by: Erik at May 10, 2003 07:50 AM
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